In a day of injury news and updates, Jason Arnott also took part in his first full practice with the team after suffering what appears to be a lower-body injury, which is in addition to concerns about what sources said is a groin ailment.
Arnott has missed the last six games with the injury, the nature of which has not been disclosed by the team, but didn’t look slowed or hindered in any way during the Monday practice.
“After a day off, it’s a litte rough, but not too bad,” Arnott said, before addressing whether he would be able to play on Tuesday against Carolina. “We’ll see how it responds today and go out in the morning skate tomorrow and then we’ll see.”
Asked if Coach Bruce Boudreau’s estimation that he and Alex Ovechkin would be ready to play by the end of the week was realistic, Arnott replied: “I think so. We got some good skates while the team [was] gone. We’ll just have to see how it goes.”
--Tom Poti, who has missed a majority of the season with a nagging groin problem, took part in the full practice — including the bag skate at the end of the session — and said he’s gotten to a point where he can participate without re-injuring himself. The problem for Poti has been that after a day of hard skating, the injury bothers him the next day.
--Michal Neuvirth practiced but was still coughing a good bit in the Capitals’ dressing room after the session this morning. Boudreau said he expects Neuvirth to be ready to at least serve as the backup Tuesday, though.